I am a full-time children’s book illustrator and writer. The Ant’s Pants is my first children’s illustrated book. Published by Orion, under the Early Readers Series, Summer 2018. I am represented by the Literary Agent, Peters Fraser & Dunlop.

I work and live in London with my two oriental cats Blue and Nile who love to step all over my work at that finishing moment!

I have been working as both an Illustrator and Graphic Designer since graduating from Nottingham Trent University specialising in art for children and designing for entrepreneurial startups. I was former Head of Design at ToucanBOX a children’s craft box subscription service and previous to that headhunted to join the creative team at notonthehighstreet.com where I worked as an Art Director.

I work primarily in watercolours, crayons, markers, pen ink and fine liners. I like to think of my style as lively, colourful and fun that plays to that childlike innocence that is in all of us, regardless of age. I enjoy exploring the animal kingdom and different species behaviour, collective names for animals and animal characterisation. My concepts are often grounded in humour and quirky twists which inevitably puts smiles on people’s faces. I like producing detailed illustrations that tell stories and take you on a journey of subtle surprises.

I try to bring an inimitable sense of style to everything I do: from makeup artistry and face painting to fashion and hair modelling.

I am looking for writers and publishers to collaborate with so if you have a project in mind then please do get in touch with my agent Smolteni@pfd.co.uk.

For all other enquires, commissions and illustration work then please contact me directly at lydiaripper@gmail.com.